Easing the Strain: Tips For Body & Mind
As someone who has been chronically ill for 12 years, I could talk in excess about the number of things I have purchased to ease both body and mind. I am almost entirely housebound, and as a result, I work diligently to make my home as disability-friendly as possible.
If I had to pick ten things about and around my home that ease the strain of Fibromyalgia and autoimmune illness – these would manage to take the cake:
- I rented a home with no stairs. It has made a HUGE difference in my life. My legs are weak and my knees are sad – being able to walk on a flat floor and access everything easily is a major plus.
- My Obus Forme bed. I didn’t realize the impact that a brand-new mattress could have on my health. Instead of waking up feeling more broken, I feel as though I might have a chance at life.
- My Tassimo coffee brewer, so that I don’t have to lift super heavy things in order to get my tea and coffee (although the selection for the machine in Canada is getting worse and worse)!
- French doors which I can open in order to easily change temperatures in the room (as I cannot keep a stable temperature in my body for the life of me).
- Wrist and knee splints!! How did I live before I had these?!
- A BIG tub. And a partner to help lower me into it.
- My S-shaped wooden stick that cost ten dollars at my pain management clinic! It makes it capable for me to work at breaking apart my muscle knots, even in hard to reach places.
- My Filofax for writing all of my daily symptoms. Such a great way to track your illness!
- Hagina Japanese Mint Oil for rubbing on my joints to ease the pain! My go-to prior to painkillers.
- The book “How To Be Sick” by Toni Bernhard. A masterful voice for easing hard feelings that chronic illness can bring.
I would love to hear about what chronic illness helpers you have hiding around your home!
Article written by Staff Writer, Annie Martin
Annie is a young Canadian woman struggling with Fibromyalgia, CFS, and autoimmune issues. She blogs daily at www.fragileannie.com and monthly for The Fight Like Club in the hopes of raising awareness of central sensitization disorders (and hopefully subsequent research)!